• Grammy winner Cedric Dent directs vocal jazz ensemble, teaches theory
  • Yifei Zhong gets audience with President Obama, Chinese president in D.C.
  • Study in-depth in areas such as composing, performance, or musicology
  • Conducting is one of eight specializations for MTSU's Master of Music

Music M.M.

MTSU’s School of Music involves graduate music majors from across the nation and abroad in a strong community with tight bonds. Eight Master of Music specializations are offered, but the program is interdisciplinary, with a vocalist in a classroom beside a composer beside a musicologist, etc. Internationally renowned faculty members perform, compose, teach, conduct, publish, and present their research or music continually, from South Korea to Costa Rica to Rome. A low faculty-to-student ratio enables high-quality personalized instruction and collaboration. Instrumentalists are involved in coaching undergrads from the beginning, and graduate assistants enjoy opportunities reserved for doctoral students at other institutions. Students and faculty benefit from and contribute to Nashville’s nearby music industry and arts scene. Ensembles range from wind bands, orchestras, big bands, choral ensembles, and an opera company to a vocal jazz ensemble, myriad combos and chamber ensembles, an old-time music group, percussion ensemble, steel drum band, and a salsa band. Core classes are offered on evenings and weekends to accommodate those who work full-time.

Composer from abroad studies for master’s at MTSU

Composer from abroad studies for master’s at MTSU

International composer Jesús Santandreu decided to attend MTSU after professor Dr. Reed Thomas invited him to the U.S. premier of two symphonic works Santandreu wrote the year before. “When I heard the symphonic band and the wind ensemble rehearsing my pieces, an electrifying emotion came to me,” he says. “Their sound and accuracy was glorious.” As a master’s student, Santandreu (2000, Berklee College of Music) could study conducting and work closely with a wind and symphonic band on a regular basis.  “It would help to have a better understanding of orchestration and bring the opportunity to try new material right on the field,” he says. An acclaimed jazz saxophonist, he also calls the jazz area his “temple” and enjoys the jam sessions, music scene, and Nashville Symphony Orchestra nearby in Music City. The Wind Ensemble featured Santandreu's Sortes Diabolorum on its recent NAXOS recording. His symphonic pieces also have been played in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, and Colombia.

Grad finds forte in female a capella ensemble, teaching

Grad finds forte in female a capella ensemble, teaching

Kara McLeland, who studied musicology for her 2013 master’s in music, sings with the Forte Femme a capella ensemble of eight females (plus one male bass voice). “We have been busy arranging and recording songs, filming music videos, and performing live,” McLeland says.  She also teaches as an adjunct music professor at MTSU and Nashville State Community College; is finishing a solo music project; and performs in local theater, such as Actors Bridge Ensemble’s Next Fall recently. She chose MTSU for location, affordability, and the quality of the music faculty. McLeland also earned a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. “I've been surprised how much my studies in musicology and WGST have influenced my artistic endeavors,” says McLeland, also a songwriter and musician. “I find myself creating and being drawn to projects that have social relevance." As a feminist artist, she sometimes shines a light on and wrestles with issues she found troublesome during her studies, such as the marginalization of women.

Alumni from the School of Music teach thousands of students every day in private studios and schools from kindergarten through university levels. MTSU graduates perform in orchestras, military ensembles, and opera companies; appear in clubs and recording studios with the famous and yet-to-be-known; compose music for Hollywood films and commercial jingles; lead professional music organizations; work in the music industry; serve as church musicians; and continually enrich the lives of others. Some continue on to enter prestigious doctoral programs. A sample of potential professional pathways for music master's students:

  • Accompanist
  • Actor
  • Arts manager
  • Artistic director
  • Artist relations manager
  • Band director/leader
  • Choral/choir director
  • Church musician/worship leader
  • College professor/instructor
  • Composer/arranger/orchestrator
  • Conductor
  • Concert promoter
  • Copyright specialist
  • Film music director/editor
  • Film-TV composer
  • General music teacher at elementary/middle schools
  • Instrumental performer
  • Instrument repair specialist
  • Instrument sales business owner
  • Music critic/journalist
  • Music educator
  • Music librarian
  • Music publisher/editor
  • Music software programmer    
  • Music theater director
  • Musical director
  • Musicologist
  • Orchestra librarian
  • Product specialist
  • Publicist
  • Record company manager
  • Recording technician/engineer/mixer
  • Salesperson/marketer
  • Songwriter
  • Studio musician
  • Private studio owner/instructor
  • Talent agent
  • Tour manager
  • Vocalist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bellevue Middle School
  • Belmont University
  • Cane Ridge High School
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Chattanooga Symphony
  • Cumberland University
  • The Downtown Band
  • Earl Klugh (Grammy winner)
  • EMBRA Artists, LTD.
  • Fairview Middle School
  • Jeff Coffin (Grammy winner)
  • Jonathan Fletcher Music
  • Lipscomb University
  • MEINL Percussion
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Northeast Mississippi Community College
  • Old Center Elementary School, Nashville
  • Onks Woodwind Specialist
  • Siegel Middle School
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville

Graduate

MTSU awards the Master of Music (M.M.) degree with eight specializations offered: collaborative piano; conducting; jazz studies; music composition; music composition for contemporary media; music education; musicology; and performance.

A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Applicants must

  • hold (or be about to receive) an undergraduate degree in music;
  • have an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.0);
  • depending on specialization, either do an audition or submit an audition audio or video-recording; submit scores and recordings of compositions; submit written samples of scholarship; or submit a 30-minute video-recording demonstrating teaching ability;
  • complete entrance examinations in music history and music theory to plan initial course of study;
  • achieve acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

 Additional requirements and proficiencies for each specialization:

Specialization Special requirements proficiency
Collaborative piano
  1. Performance audition for piano faculty
  2. Accompanying audition for accompanying faculty
  1. Translation skills in two of French, Italian, and German (may be met with either a diagnostic exam or six hours of undergraduate credit)
  2. Diction skills and IPA in Italian, French, and German
Conducting Conducting audition or conducting audition videotape Keyboard skills for conductors
Jazz studies Performance audition on primary instrument or voice (PDF: Audition requirements for graduate jazz studies)  
Music composition Recordings and scores of three to five of the applicant’s works
  1. Performance skill on an applied instrument or voice
  2. Keyboard (may also fulfill performance-skill requirement)
Music composition for contemporary media
Music education 30-minute videotape of applicant teaching  
Musicology Two research papers of at least five pages in length, one of which is on a music topic (substitutions may be made with approval of program director) Two foreign languages from French, German, and Italian (may be met with either a diagnostic exam or six hours of undergraduate credit)
Performance Audition on primary instrument or voice
  1. Diction (must take a diagnostic exam)
  2. Two foreign languages from French, German, and Italian (may be met with either a diagnostic exam or six hours of undergraduate credit) 

 

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate

MTSU's School of Music offers an undergraduate major in Music leading to Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in the following concentrations:

Undergraduate minors in Music, American Music Studies, and Music Industry are also available. 

Teacher licensure

Students seeking a license to teach music in the public schools must complete

  • a major in Music following the concentration in either Instrumental Music Education or Vocal/General Music Education K–12,
  • a minor in Secondary Education,
  • the General Education Program, and
  • additional teacher licensure requirements.

Collaborative Piano Conducting Jazz Studies Composition for Contemporary Media Music Composition Music Education Musicology Performance


Music, Collaborative Piano Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5923
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in collaborative piano must complete an audition. Applicants who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to be admitted with probationary status for one semester and must register for MUAP 5020 - Private Instruction. They must re-audition at the end of their first semester of study. Students who do not pass the audition on their second attempt will be excused from the program.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music degree in Music with a specialization in collaborative music must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

Additionally, those with a specialization in collaborative piano must establish proficiencies before graduation in music history, music theory,* and foreign language. The foreign language proficiency for collaborative piano includes translation skills (in two of Italian, French, German) and diction skills and IPA in Italian, French, and German.

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory, music history, and diction will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Collaborative Piano

Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

Specialization Courses (12 hours)

 

  • MUAP 6682 - Private Instruction Piano

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate recital. Consult graduate coordinator as to performance area availability. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field. In-depth study of stylistic, technical, and musical problems in music performance and exploration of advanced repertoire in the applied area.

  • MUAP 6692 - Private Instruction Piano

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate recital. Consult graduate coordinator as to performance area availability. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field. In-depth study of stylistic, technical, and musical problems in music performance and exploration of advanced repertoire in the applied area.

  • MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital  3 credit hours  (two semesters, 6 credit hours total)

    MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of MUAP 6682 for the collaborative piano specializations; MUS 6030, MUS 6060, and MUAP 6709 for the conducting specialization; the appropriate courses from among MUAP 6681-MUAP 6688, MUAP 6691-MUAP 6698, and MUAP 6701-MUAP 6708 for the jazz studies and performance specializations; MUAP 6140, MUAP 6150, and MUAP 6160 for the music composition and music composition for contemporary media specializations; and permission of the appropriate music faculty in all specializations. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field and recital preparation until recital completed. Those specializing in collaborative piano may take course three times.

NOTE: The vocal and instrumental repertoire may be split between the two recitals in any combination, as long as the final result is approximately 50 percent in each area.

Guided Electives (9 hours)

 

  • MUHL 5710 - Vocal Literature  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 5710 - Vocal Literature

    3 credit hours

    Basic repertory of Italian airs, German lieder, French art song, and solo vocal works of nationalistic schools, as well as English and American song literature.

  • MUHL 5770 - Opera Literature  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 5770 - Opera Literature

    3 credit hours

    A study of major operatic works and styles. Focuses on composers, librettists, and performers as well as the vocal, musical, and dramatic resources necessary for performance. Listening and analysis of select pieces will be included in student projects.

  • MUHL 5780 - Chamber Music for Keyboard

    3 credit hours

    A study of chamber music written for the piano. Emphasis will be placed on music written during the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Listening and analysis of select pieces will be included in student projects.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Music, Conducting Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5923
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in conducting must complete an audition. Applicants who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to be admitted with probationary status for one semester and must register for MUAP 5020 - Private Instruction. They must re-audition at the end of their first semester of study. Students who do not pass the audition on their second attempt will be excused from the program.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music with a specialization in conducting must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

Additionally, those with a specialization in conducting must establish proficiencies in music history, music theory,* and keyboard.

* NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Conducting

Candidate must complete 30 hours for choral or 32 hours for instrumentation in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

Specialization Courses (18-20 hours)

  • MUS 6030 - Conducting Problems and Score Interpretation

    3 credit hours

    Analysis and marking of scores. Refinement of conducting techniques. Elimination of undesirable conducting habits. Diction as applied to conducting.

  • MUS 6060 - Advanced Conducting

    3 credit hours

    Techniques in advanced conducting of orchestral, choral, band, and chamber ensembles. Includes irregular meters, score reading, warm-up procedures, conducting patterns, attacks, and releases.

  • MUAP 6709 - Private Instruction Conducting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate recital. Consult graduate coordinator as to performance area availability. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field. In-depth study of stylistic, technical, and musical problems in music performance and exploration of advanced repertoire in the applied area. Course may be repeated with no limit, but only three hours of credit may be applied toward the degree within the nine-hour private instruction requirement.

  • Two ensembles at the 5000 level, 1 credit hour each, 2 credit hours
  • MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of MUAP 6682 for the collaborative piano specializations; MUS 6030, MUS 6060, and MUAP 6709 for the conducting specialization; the appropriate courses from among MUAP 6681-MUAP 6688, MUAP 6691-MUAP 6698, and MUAP 6701-MUAP 6708 for the jazz studies and performance specializations; MUAP 6140, MUAP 6150, and MUAP 6160 for the music composition and music composition for contemporary media specializations; and permission of the appropriate music faculty in all specializations. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field and recital preparation until recital completed. Those specializing in collaborative piano may take course three times.

For Instrumental Conductors

 

  • MUED 5240 - Instrumental Rehearsal Problems

    3 credit hours

    Improving teaching in instrumental music classes through a study of rehearsal planning and techniques; the interpretation of music to students; group dynamics.

For Choral Conductors

 

  • MUHL 5680 - Choral Literature

    2 credit hours

    Examines choral literature from the Renaissance to the present. Program selection. Analysis of choral pieces.

  • MUTH 5270 - Choral Arranging  2 credit hours  

    MUTH 5270 - Choral Arranging

    2 credit hours

    The fundamentals of arranging musical works for vocal ensembles of various sizes, combinations, and skill levels.

Electives (1-3 hours)

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Music, Jazz Studies Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5293
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of  Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in Music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in jazz studies must complete an audition. Applicants who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to be admitted with probationary status for one semester and must register for MUAP 5020 - Private Instruction. They must re-audition at the end of their first semester of study. Students who do not pass the audition on their second attempt will be excused from the program.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music with a specialization in jazz studies must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

Additionally, those with a specialization in jazz studies must establish proficiencies in music history and music theory*.

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Jazz Studies

Candidate must complete 32 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

Specialization Courses (14 hours)

 

  • MUAP 668_ - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
  • MUAP 669_ - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
  • MUAP 670_ - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
  • MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of MUAP 6682 for the collaborative piano specializations; MUS 6030, MUS 6060, and MUAP 6709 for the conducting specialization; the appropriate courses from among MUAP 6681-MUAP 6688, MUAP 6691-MUAP 6698, and MUAP 6701-MUAP 6708 for the jazz studies and performance specializations; MUAP 6140, MUAP 6150, and MUAP 6160 for the music composition and music composition for contemporary media specializations; and permission of the appropriate music faculty in all specializations. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field and recital preparation until recital completed. Those specializing in collaborative piano may take course three times.

  • Two ensembles (Jazz Ensemble or Jazz Combo) 1 credit hour each, 2 credit hours

Guided Electives (9 hours)

Three courses to be selected from the following:

  • MUHL 5530 - History of Jazz  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 5530 - History of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments, and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.

  • MUPD 6330 - Jazz Pedagogy and Program Administration

    3 credit hours

    In-depth study of materials and techniques for teaching jazz at the high school and college level. Rehearsal techniques and identification of and solutions to performance problems. Study of the development and implementation of a successful jazz studies program including educational jazz festival administration.

  • MUTH 5280 - Advanced Jazz Arranging

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 4170. Advanced analysis and arranging for various combinations of instruments and voice for small and large jazz ensembles. Periods, performance practices, stylistic features, and artists.

  • MUTH 6060 - Advanced Improvisation

    3 credit hours

    Explores the art of improvisation. Emphasis on advanced harmonic and melodic principles and on the development of a personal style. Listening and analysis of solos by great jazz artists and in-class performances of student projects and improvisations.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Music, Music Composition for Contemporary Media Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5923
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable score.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in music composition for contemporary media must submit recordings and scores of three to five of their compositions.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music with a specialization in music composition for contemporary media must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

Additionally, those with a specialization in music composition for contemporary media must establish proficiencies in music history and music theory* and establish proficiency in a performance skill on an applied instrument or voice and in keyboard (may also fulfill performance-skill requirement).

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Music Composition for Contemporary Media

Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

Specialization Courses (24 hours)

 

  • MUAP 6140 - Composition  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6140 - Composition

    3 credit hours

    Development of skills and ability in handling musical materials with goals of some individual style or expression within the framework of current practices. Taken in consecutive order with MUAP 6150 and MUAP 6160.

  • MUAP 6150 - Composition  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6150 - Composition

    3 credit hours

    Development of skills and ability in handling musical materials with goals of some individual style or expression within the framework of current practices. Taken in consecutive order with MUAP 6140 and MUAP 6160.

  • MUAP 6160 - Composition  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6160 - Composition

    3 credit hours

    Development of skills and ability in handling musical materials with goals of some individual style or expression within the framework of current practices. Taken in consecutive order with MUAP 6140 and MUAP 6150. MUAP 6160 may be repeated with no limit, but only three hours of credit may be applied toward the degree.

  • MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of MUAP 6682 for the collaborative piano specializations; MUS 6030, MUS 6060, and MUAP 6709 for the conducting specialization; the appropriate courses from among MUAP 6681-MUAP 6688, MUAP 6691-MUAP 6698, and MUAP 6701-MUAP 6708 for the jazz studies and performance specializations; MUAP 6140, MUAP 6150, and MUAP 6160 for the music composition and music composition for contemporary media specializations; and permission of the appropriate music faculty in all specializations. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field and recital preparation until recital completed. Those specializing in collaborative piano may take course three times.

  • MUHL 6040 - Twentieth Century Music

    3 credit hours

    Styles and compositional techniques found in representative masterworks of the twentieth century from Debussy to present. Analysis, listening, and research.

  • MUTH 5190 - Principles and Practices of Electronic Music

    3 credit hours

    Includes history and techniques, acoustics, electronic sound generation, recording, operation of audio equipment, basic principles of composition, and experience with tape recorders and a music synthesizer. Open to nonmusic majors with permission of instructor.

  • MUTH 5290 - Electronic Music II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5190. Advanced principles of digital sound synthesis, programming the digital synthesizer, electronic composition, contemporary trends in digital music, and programming with a MIDI work station.

  • MUTH 5590 - MIDI Studio Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: RIM/MUTH 4290 and RIM 4400 or permission of instructor. MIDI systems design and the total integration of all MIDI-controllable devices. SMPTE and MIDI Time Code and their application to tape synchronization. A continuation of advanced techniques for digital sampling, sequencing, sound manipulation, and use of alternate controllers. Other topics include sound effects and music scoring for film and video, and the MIDI Machine Control and MIDI Show Control specifications. Laboratory required.

Electives (3 hours)

 

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Music, Music Composition Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5923
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in music composition must submit recordings and scores of three to five of their compositions.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music with a specialization in music composition must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

Additionally, those with a specialization in music composition must establish proficiencies in music history and music theory* and establish proficiency in a performance skill on an applied instrument or voice and in keyboard (may also fulfill performance-skill requirement).

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Music Composition

Candidate must complete 33 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

Specialization Courses (18 hours)

 

  • MUAP 6140 - Composition  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6140 - Composition

    3 credit hours

    Development of skills and ability in handling musical materials with goals of some individual style or expression within the framework of current practices. Taken in consecutive order with MUAP 6150 and MUAP 6160.

  • MUAP 6150 - Composition  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6150 - Composition

    3 credit hours

    Development of skills and ability in handling musical materials with goals of some individual style or expression within the framework of current practices. Taken in consecutive order with MUAP 6140 and MUAP 6160.

  • MUAP 6160 - Composition  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6160 - Composition

    3 credit hours

    Development of skills and ability in handling musical materials with goals of some individual style or expression within the framework of current practices. Taken in consecutive order with MUAP 6140 and MUAP 6150. MUAP 6160 may be repeated with no limit, but only three hours of credit may be applied toward the degree.

  • MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of MUAP 6682 for the collaborative piano specializations; MUS 6030, MUS 6060, and MUAP 6709 for the conducting specialization; the appropriate courses from among MUAP 6681-MUAP 6688, MUAP 6691-MUAP 6698, and MUAP 6701-MUAP 6708 for the jazz studies and performance specializations; MUAP 6140, MUAP 6150, and MUAP 6160 for the music composition and music composition for contemporary media specializations; and permission of the appropriate music faculty in all specializations. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field and recital preparation until recital completed. Those specializing in collaborative piano may take course three times.

  • MUHL 6040 - Twentieth Century Music

    3 credit hours

    Styles and compositional techniques found in representative masterworks of the twentieth century from Debussy to present. Analysis, listening, and research.

  • MUTH 5190 - Principles and Practices of Electronic Music

    3 credit hours

    Includes history and techniques, acoustics, electronic sound generation, recording, operation of audio equipment, basic principles of composition, and experience with tape recorders and a music synthesizer. Open to nonmusic majors with permission of instructor.

Electives (6 hours)

  • Guided elective to be chosen from fields of philosophy, art history, anthropology, or literature with consent of advisor (3 hours)
  • Free elective (3 hours)

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Music, Music Education Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5923
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicants must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in music education must submit a 30-minute video recording of themselves teaching.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music with a specialization in music education must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

Additionally, those with a specialization in music education must establish proficiencies in music history and music theory.*

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Music Education

Candidate must complete 32 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

Specialization Courses (20 hours)

 

  • MUED 6010 - Foundations of Music Education

    3 credit hours

    Philosophies of music education; meaning in music and aesthetic theories; principles of learning; objectives for music education

  • MUED 6632 - Contemporary Issues and Research in Music Education

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on contemporary issues and research in music education, the current educational landscape, learning theory and music education, curriculum design and assessment, and accountability in music education.

  • MUS 6060 - Advanced Conducting

    3 credit hours

    Techniques in advanced conducting of orchestral, choral, band, and chamber ensembles. Includes irregular meters, score reading, warm-up procedures, conducting patterns, attacks, and releases.

  • MUED 6621 - Music Education Research Project

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620 and completed candidacy form. Study and research of a topic in music education determined by the student. S/U grading.

  • MUED 6642 - Evaluation and Assessment in Music Education

    2 credit hours

    Focuses on effective evaluation and assessment strategies for the K-12 music education classroom, how assessment data may be most effectively used to improve music teaching and learning, and the current research priorities for assessment in music education.

Six (6) hours selected from the following:

 

  • MUED 5210 - General Music Program K to 6

    3 credit hours

    The role of music and music teaching in elementary education; its objectives, methods, materials, and procedures; innovative trends and exemplary practices; evaluative techniques.

  • MUED 5670 - Music for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Music fundamentals, materials, and methods appropriate for preschool through grades three; pantomime, role playing, improvisation, rhythm, movement, listening, and singing.

  • MUED 5220 - Choral Music in the Middle and Senior High School

    3 credit hours

    Methods for teaching music to students at the middle and senior high levels (grades 5-12). Topics include recruitment, auditions, repertoire, programming, musical analysis and score preparation, planning rehearsals, rehearsing the choir, classroom management, vocal techniques and musicianship skills, changing voice, and overall management of a choral program. Observation and public school field experiences required.

  • MUED 5190 - General Music in the Middle and Senior High School

    3 credit hours

    Introduces graduate students in music education to methods and materials available for teaching general music to students in grades 6-12. Active student participation and observations of music teachers in the school expected.

  • MUED 5240 - Instrumental Rehearsal Problems

    3 credit hours

    Improving teaching in instrumental music classes through a study of rehearsal planning and techniques; the interpretation of music to students; group dynamics.

  • MUED 5250 - Advanced Marching Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Marching band class. Further development and application of marching band techniques as utilized in half-time and contest show production. Selection and analysis of the music score.

  • MUED 5260 - The Application of Technology to Music Teaching

    3 credit hours

    Introduction to music technology and its applications in music education. Topics include electro-acoustical generation of musical sound, synthesis equipment and MIDI networks, sequencing and scoring software, music education instructional software, and recording techniques. Application assignments in the computer lab and reading assignments in references and software and hardware manuals. Students will search for, examine, and log relevant World Wide Web and other Internet sites.

Electives (3 hours)

  •  May include ensembles.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form with the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.

 


Music, Musicology Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5923
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree in Music with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in musicology must submit two (2) research papers of at least five (5) pages in length, one of which is on a music topic.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music with a specialization in musicology must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once;
  3. Additionally, those with a specialization in musicology must establish proficiencies in music history, music theory*, and foreign language. Musicologists must establish proficiency in one of the following languages: French, German, or Italian.

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory and music history will be scheduled during the first week of the semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet the proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Musicology

Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

Specialization Courses (12 hours)

 

  • Two additional semesters of MUS 6630 Music Seminar (6 credit hours)
  • Course at the 6000 level in a related field (must be approved by the graduate coordinator) (3 credit hours)
  • MUS 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (3 credit hours)

    MUS 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Types of research in music surveyed. A problem is selected and developed into a thesis report in acceptable form and style. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

Elective Courses (9 hours)

 

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


Music, Performance Specialization, M.M.

Paul West Osterfield, Program Director
(615) 898-5293
paul.osterfield@mtsu.edu

The School of Music offers a Master of Music degree with specializations in collaborative piano, conducting, jazz studies, music composition, music composition for contemporary media, music education, musicology, and performance. A minor in Music is offered at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Music degree program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree in music from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken (at least 3.00);
  3. completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  4. submit three letters of recommendation.

Additionally, those seeking a specialization in performance must complete an audition. Applicants who do not pass the audition may be allowed, at the discretion of the faculty, to be admitted with probationary status for one semester and must register for MUAP 5020 - Private Instruction. They must re-audition at the end of their first semester of study. Students who do not pass the audition on their second attempt will be excused from the program.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Music with a specialization in performance must

  1. complete the curriculum with 70 percent of the total degree hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. successfully complete both written and oral comprehensive examinations no earlier than the student's last semester of study. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once.

Additionally, those with a specialization in performance must establish proficiencies in music history and music theory.* Vocalists must also establish proficiency in diction and in two languages from among French, German, and Italian.

*NOTE: Diagnostic examinations in music theory, music history, and diction will be scheduled during the first week of the first semester of study. Students who do not pass the diagnostic examinations should consult with the graduate coordinator to plan how to meet the requirements. Courses taken to meet proficiency requirements do not count toward the degree.

Curriculum: Music, Performance

Candidate must complete 32 hours in the following course of study:

Core Courses (9 hours)

 

  • MUS 6620 - Bibliography and Research

    3 credit hours

    Survey of bibliography and problems and methods of research. Analysis and evaluation of research in the arts.

  • MUTH 6050 - Analytical Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUTH 5010 or permission of instructor. Skills and procedures of musical analysis as they apply to all periods through analysis of representative compositions. Evaluation of work from all standpoints: craftsmanship, expression, and stylistic correctness.

  • MUS 6630 - Music Seminar  3 credit hours  

    MUS 6630 - Music Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MUS 6620. Study and research of a topic in music determined by the instructor.

Specialization Courses (20 hours)

 

  • MUAP 668_  - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
  • MUAP 669_ - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
  • MUAP 670_  - Private Instruction, 3 credit hours
  • MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital  3 credit hours  

    MUAP 6670 - Graduate Recital

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of MUAP 6682 for the collaborative piano specializations; MUS 6030, MUS 6060, and MUAP 6709 for the conducting specialization; the appropriate courses from among MUAP 6681-MUAP 6688, MUAP 6691-MUAP 6698, and MUAP 6701-MUAP 6708 for the jazz studies and performance specializations; MUAP 6140, MUAP 6150, and MUAP 6160 for the music composition and music composition for contemporary media specializations; and permission of the appropriate music faculty in all specializations. One-hour private lesson per week in the selected performance field and recital preparation until recital completed. Those specializing in collaborative piano may take course three times.

  • Two ensembles, 1 credit hour each, 2 credit hours
  • Music literature courses 6 credit hours

Elective Courses (3 hours)

 

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.


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615-898-5923

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615-898-5923

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